Irish news live today as NPHET plans to ease Covid restrictions and Ashling Murphy’s funeral takes place
Welcome to the Irish Mirror’s live blog on Tuesday 18th January.
Ashling Murphy’s funeral mass is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.
The 23-year-old teacher was murdered last week while jogging in Tullamore, County Offaly.
Her death has sparked national mourning, with vigils held across the country as the issue of gender-based violence is debated on the airwaves.
On Monday night, Gardai made a breakthrough in their investigation into her murder, seizing a bank of bottles overlooked by CCTV just over a mile from where Ashling was murdered.
Detectives are waiting for medics to give the go-ahead to question a suspect who has been in a Dublin hospital being treated for self-inflicted injuries since last Thursday.
Meanwhile, the possibility of Covid restrictions being lifted sooner than expected is very much on the table.
The latest round of public health advice from NPHET to the government saw the 8pm closing time for hospitality, as well as a cap on the number of crowds at indoor and outdoor events.
However, with the number of cases in the country beginning to drop in recent days and the rate of hospitalized and intensive care patients with the virus stabilizing, a crucial NPHET meeting on Thursday is expected to see some of those restrictions lifted.
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